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Do You Have A Right To Wear Google Glass In A Movie Theater?

By | Tuesday January 21, 2014 @ 4:08pm PST

Not according to AMC, you don’t — which a Columbus, Ohio, man discovered the hard way Saturday night when he and his wife went through a 3 1/2-hour ordeal at the AMC Easton 30, where he wore his Google Glass with prescription lenses to a showing of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Google GlassFor those who don’t follow tech news, Google Glass is a kind of eyewear that shows computer information to the user on a tiny screen — but also has a built-in camera capable of recording video. About an hour into the movie, the man told website Gadgeteer, “a guy comes near my seat, shoves a badge that had some sort of a shield on it, yanks the Google Glass off my face and says ‘follow me outside immediately’.” The official, with others, was from the Department of Homeland Security, which handles movie theft cases. The moviegoer said there was a misunderstanding and that he wasn’t recording anything. “They wanted to know where I got Glass and how did I came by having it.” After telling them that he had applied for the Google explorer program, “I offered to show them receipt and Google Glass website if they would allow me to access any computer with internet. Of course, that was not an option. Then they wanted to know what does Google ask of me in exchange for Glass, how much is Google paying me, who is my boss and why am I recording the movie.” Read More »

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MPAA Asks U.S. Trade Rep To Add Australia, Brazil, Northern Ireland, And Mexico To List Of “Notorious” Piracy Enablers

By | Monday October 28, 2013 @ 8:50am PDT

The Hollywood lobby group responded to a request from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative for names of countries that it should consider including in its list of “notorious markets” to penalize for failing to crack down on piracy. The MPAA’s collection had a lot of familiar targets including Ukraine, Canada, China, Indonesia, Russia, Thailand, and India. But it added several others for providing havens for copyright-infringing peer-to-peer networks, Bit Torrent portals, download and streaming hubs, linking websites and newsgroups, and physical markets pirates. The “rogue overseas marketplaces,” MPAA chief Chrisopher Dodd says, “undermine the people who work hard to create the movies and TV shows audiences love, and jeopardize the billions of dollars they contribute to the U.S. economy.” The group’s letter specifically cites Australia’s Caribbean Gardens & Markets, the country’s “largest undercover market” that routinely sells pirated DVDs. “State and federal police have shown no interest in enforcing [copyright infringement laws] despite multiple entreaties from rights holders.” There’s a similar situation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil where the city’s “largest and most famous shopping market” — Mercado Popular de Uruguaiana — “contains more than 1,500 kiosks, many of which sell counterfeit optical discs.” Northern Ireland’s Jonesborough Market has “historically strong ties to paramilitary groups” and operators “sell an array of counterfeit products, including pirated optical discs.” And for Mexico the MPAA cites just a few of “the nearly 90 well-known markets” controlled by organized criminals that “specialize in pirate and … Read More »

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20th Century Fox Putting End Cards On Films Now To Explain True Cost Of Piracy; UPDATE: Idea Was Vice President Biden’s

By | Sunday October 28, 2012 @ 12:40pm PDT

SUNDAY UPDATE: Twentieth Century Fox Film Chairman/CEO Jim Gianopulos tells me that the end card anti-piracy project was suggested by the Obama administration. “It was actually an idea of Vice President Biden’s when we visited him during a MPAA Board meeting earlier this year. We thought it was an excellent suggestion and adopted the idea and will continue for all movies going forward.”  So far no other studio has adopted it.

PREVIOUS… SATURDAY: It’s hard for Hollywood to explain to consumers about the losses to the movie industry caused by piracy. Especially when talking heads like studio moguls and government officials try and fail. So kudos to Ted Gagliano, president of 20th Century Fox feature post-production, who began putting end cards on the studio’s movies like this one. It’s on Walden Media/Fox’s Chasing Mavericks now in theaters. It explains the hours and jobs involved in making movies and indicates how they will be lost through piracy. “This is something we instituted starting with Taken 2,” 20th Century Fox distribution boss Chris Aronson tells me. “I think it’s a fantastic initiative and am glad we are doing it. More should.”

Related: MPAA To Candidates: Anti-Piracy Remains A “Critical” Priority

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Movie Pirate Caught Filming At CinemaCon

By | Tuesday April 24, 2012 @ 12:30am PDT

Interestingly, CinemaCon executives tonight warned the audience that security personnel were using night-vision goggles and other technologies to nab potential movie pirates. It seems to have worked: CinemaCon Managing Director Mitch Nauhauser said one person was caught filming and turned over to local police.

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‘Wolverine’ Pirate To Serve Year In Prison

By | Monday December 19, 2011 @ 5:22pm PST

LOS ANGELES – A New York man who admitted illegally uploading to the Internet a pirated, nearly final “workprint” copy of the movie “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” was sentenced this afternoon to one year in federal prison.

Gilberto Sanchez, 49, who resides in The Bronx and who used screen names that were variations on “skillz,” was sentenced by United States District Judge Margaret M. Morrow, who described the offense as “extremely serious.” In addition to the prison term, Judge Morrow imposed one year of supervised release and numerous computer restrictions.

“The federal prison sentence handed down in this case sends a strong message of deterrence to would-be Internet pirates,” said United States Attorney André Birotte Jr. “The Justice Department will pursue and prosecute persons who seek to steal the intellectual property of this nation.”

Sanchez “uploaded the workprint more than one month before theatrical release, he has a prior conviction for a similar offense, he had been regularly uploading pirated movies for four or five years, and did not appear remorseful after charges were brought,” prosecutors wrote in a sentencing memorandum.

Sanchez pleaded guilty in March to one count of uploading a copyrighted work being prepared for commercial distribution. When he pleaded guilty, Sanchez admitted that he uploaded a “workprint” copy of the copyrighted “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” to www.Megaupload.com in March 2009, about one month before the motion picture was released in theaters. After uploading the Wolverine movie, Sanchez publicized the upload by

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White House Teams With Media Companies To Warn Against Pirated Merchandise

Obama administration officials unveiled today a series of TV, radio, print, and Internet public-service ads that link bogus goods including pirated movies and music with higher crime, lost jobs, and child labor. Intellectual property crimes “are anything but victimless,” Attorney General Eric Holder said, calling them “a significant and growing threat” to economic and national security. “With holiday shopping season now upon us, this information could hardly be hitting the airwaves at a more appropriate time.” One TV ad, produced with help from MTV Networks, shows a woman envisioning the misery she might create from buying an illegal DVD. The tag line: “It’s not only a few dollars. … Know the real cost. Don’t buy counterfeits.” Another TV spot creates an analogy between illegal music downloads and New York subway riders stealing tips from the guitar case of singer-songwriter Addie Brownlee. Radio and print ads reinforce the theme that “you have the power” to stop IP theft. Most also direct people to the website for the National Crime Prevention Council’s “Get Real” campaign. Other agencies supporting the campaign include the Office of the U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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MPAA: Movie Piracy Downright Un-American

By | Wednesday April 6, 2011 @ 8:22am PDT
Mike Fleming

In a hearing held today by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet Subcommittee on the negative impacts of movie content thieves, MPAA vice president Michael O’Leary made the battle against movie pirates sound downright patriotic. “The key foundation of American industry, the expectation that hard work and innovation is rewarded,  is imperiled when thieves, whether online or on the street, are allowed to steal America’s creative products and enrich themselves along the way,” he said. “Rampant theft of American intellectual property puts the livelihoods of the workers who invest time, energy and fortune to create the filmed entertainment enjoyed by millions at risk; to these men and women and their families, digital theft means declining incomes, lost jobs and reduced health and retirement benefits. We believe that rogue sites legislation, combined with the Administration’s work with intermediaries and enforcement by the IPR Center, will go a long way towards shutting down the unauthorized distribution of copyrighted works and close a gap in the intellectual property law.”

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Bad Day For Los Angeles Movie Pirates

By | Wednesday December 22, 2010 @ 2:11pm PST
Mike Fleming

The Los Angeles Anti-Piracy Task Force today announced that it made 10 arrests and seized over $4 million in pirated product. At the same time, the website TorrentFreak claims that the record setting film Avatar was the most illegally downloaded film with over 16 million lifts, while blockbusters like Inception (9.72 million), Iron Man 2 (8.8 million) and Clash of the Titans (8 million), Sherlock Holmes (7 million) ranked high on the list of films hurt by piracy. Since those films still made global fortunes, would those numbers have been even higher without piracy, or are those pirates still going to the theater to see movies which are shown to best advantage on a big screen?

Here is the release by the L.A. Anti-Piracy Task Force:

(Los Angeles) – As part of its enforcement efforts to crack down on pirated and counterfeit goods, the Los Angeles Anti-Piracy Task Force, chaired by City Controller Wendy Greuel, announced the results of “Operation Chimney Sweep”, the largest raid on counterfeit goods in Los Angeles history.

“People who make counterfeit goods are stealing, plain and simple, it’s the same as picking someone’s pocket or shoplifting,” said Councilwoman Greuel. “We lose more than 100,000 jobs and billions of dollars to our economy each year because of these crimes. During these difficult economic times, every dollar lost to piracy represents wages lost for hardworking Angelenos. This should serve as a wake up call, not only to the criminals that produce and sell these illegal goods,

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Convictions Upheld In Showbiz Piracy Case

By | Friday November 26, 2010 @ 9:12am PST

The Motion Picture Association which reps Paramount, Sony, Fox, Universal, Disney, and Warner Bros in the global marketplace released this notice today:

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN — The Court of Appeals in Sweden this afternoon upheld the criminal convictions for copyright infringement against three of the individuals in The Pirate Bay case. The three, Frederik Neij, Peter Sunde and Carl Lundström, had appealed their convictions for copyright infringement imposed by the Stockholm District Court in April 2009.

Following this afternoon’s announcement, Chris Marcich, President and Managing Director of the MPA Europe said

“Now that a Swedish Court has declared the operators of The Pirate Bay guilty of copyright infringement for a second time, we hope the relevant authorities will take the appropriate action to ensure that the site ceases its illegal activities. The Pirate Bay has flaunted the law while continuing to cause serious harm to the creative economy globally, generating substantial revenues for its operators. The decision of the Swedish Court of Appeals today upholding the criminal convictions of the Pirate Bay operators is very much welcomed. This confirms that such activities are illegal and if you engage in them, you run the risk of very significant consequences.

The Pirate Bay’s sole purpose is to facilitate and promote the unlawful dissemination of copyrighted content for the profit of the site operators. The entire business model is built upon copyright infringement. Preventing illegal distribution of copyrighted material on the internet is central to protecting the rights of copyright holders,

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U.S. Senate Panel Crack Down On Piracy

By | Thursday November 18, 2010 @ 8:10am PST
Mike Fleming

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee today unanimously approved legislation to provide the Justice Department with new tools to crack down on the theft and distribution of illegal digital movies, television shows and other counterfeit material by rogue websites on the Internet. The following is a statement by Bob Pisano, President and Interim CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA):

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MPAA Urges Japan On Pic Pirate Issue

By | Thursday October 21, 2010 @ 8:03am PDT
Mike Fleming

Singapore/Tokyo – In his keynote speech at a forum on measures to tackle online piracy at the Tokyo International Film Festival on 21 October, Bob Pisano, President and Interim CEO, Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) called for “forward-thinking” initiatives such as the introduction of a Graduated Response mechanism and Site Blocking that countries around the world are increasingly using to combat the problem of illegal online infringement and the best bet to stop threat of theft of intellectual property on the internet.

Graduated Response is a method of dealing with illegal online file sharing by an escalating series of sanctions against identified repeat infringers. Pisano highlighted France, Korea and Taiwan as countries that have recently passed legislation implementing Graduated Response as such a system provides a fair and reasonable measure which avoids litigation and balances the need to protect creative industries while taking into account the responsibilities of ISPs and Internet users. He also spoke of Governments in the United Kingdom and New Zealand that are also currently working on introducing Graduated Response program in their respective countries.

Pisano called the increase of online intellectual theft “alarming” and an “epidemic” and while MPA focuses on outreach and education of the dangers and consequences of online file sharing, Pisano said he believed the adoption of measures such as the Graduated Response and Site Blocking will “slow the spread of the disease”.

“We know there cannot be a one-size-fits-all approach to the problem; that there are cultural and practical issues requiring different approaches

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